Originally Posted by spatulator
Im using the a10 with the gpu oc'd to 975mhz and feeding it 2133mhz ram. The performance is greater than a 6670 ddr3, but less than a 6670 ddr5 (when comparing 3dmark scores from the 3dmark website). It can handle some games pretty well, others not so much. I am able to run Skyrim at 1920x1200 high setting AA off 40fps. For those debating where the 7660d gpu ranks among its peers I'd suggest heading over to the 3dmark website and seeing some real user benchmark scores.
If I were to buy a discrete card for gaming Id probably get a 7750, not a 6670 for dual graphics. The price difference is only a few US dollars. AMD has presented a nice option for tinkering, and maybe it will be a good option in the future as an upgrade path...but as of now DG is just a novelty.
The a10 does not offer a future proof GPU, but it is good enough for most and a terrific value. For the same money as an i3, you get a capable GPU tossed in and similar CPU performance.
Great post. If I was going to pick a APU for an extreme budget it would be the A6 5400K as it is basically an unlocked
dual core Bulldozer with 9500GT graphics. Some around here may their nosed turned up with that but I believe most people looking for advice and just wanting to play games like Skyrim,Diablo 3,Left 4 Dead and the Rome Total War series could get alot of value out of that particular platform setup if they are super broke. Granted you will be playing at 1366x768 and probably on medium high settings but if a game is fun like those are and you are getting good framerates I don't see the issue at all if you are a non-enthusiast. Skyrim is just as fun to me on 1366 as it is on 1920 as I am more immersed in the actual gamplay than say Metro 2033/Crysis where its more about the graphics and is less fun somehow. I once bought a 6950 just to play Metro 2033 because I bought into the hype that those games are "fun". It didn't even play the way I expected and I found myself going back and playing Killing Floor on a 4770 having 3 times the fun....
For more serious gamers going BF3 style and 1920 or above, the A10 makes zero sense to me.Even after you crossfire it you are still getting subpar performance for what you are wanting to experience. Then you are looking into getting something like a GTX 560 TI to actually play it somewhat well.Finally, the onchip GPU is now just sitting there dormant on a platform that even with the update to Richmond will still lag seriously behind the 560 TI. You could have just gone with say a FX 4300 and a 7770 with intentions to Crossfire it later to 7850 territory, which will be good for a while in the gaming world.You will have a decent experience from the start instead of going into the bios overclocking the iGPU, selling your 1600 ram for 2133 for a 5 frame boost, running 3DMark and wondering why this "new" platform makes you feel like you downgraded yet spent more money in doing so. I had a moment of clarity when I realized "Why did I even buy this platform as a Phenom II X4 and 4770 played this game perfectly 3 years ago".
If AMD's onchip GPU could coexist with say a 7850 and both work together in game then I would happily trade my current Intel Rig right now for it and take the CPU hit. The current A10's are basically low power 9600gso gpu's when it comes down to it and every review site eats up that its faster than a HD4000 instead of focusing how it compares to GPU's that have been on the market for years.Edited by dlee7283 - 2/18/13 at 2:15pm